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PURPLE RUNWAY 2018

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PURPLE RUNWAY 2018

Ahhhhh, The Purple Runway has once again raised the fashion bar! On Sunday, October 21, 2018 Kamisol Style Consultancy, Inc. hosted its fourth annual Purple Runway Event with an evening filled with style, fashion and advocacy, as promised. With Mercedes Benz of Arlington sponsoring the location the tone was set for a high level of excellence and class! Mercedes Benz brand’s tagline says it best, “The Best Or Nothing.” So of course partnering with Mercedes Benz Of Arlington was indeed perfect harmony.

THE WOW FACTOR OF PURPLE RUNWAY

Throughout the evening you could hear guest describing Purple Runway with many different adjectives. Amazing! Very Diverse! Surprises! So Classy! Beautiful! Special! Exciting! Wow!

Take a quick peek into why  …….

Got a minute?

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THE VIP COCKTAIL PARTY

The evening began with a VIP Cocktail Party fit for champions. Community Champions! The VIP Cocktail Party was a celebration to honor the Community Champion Awardees, Karen Alston, Cindy Tawiah, Nicole Acosta, Lisa Geraci Rigoni and Nicole Morris with Women Giving Back. The Women’s Center was also honored with the Trailblazer Award. Each of the women and organizations were honored with a lovely Purple Runway sash and a gorgeous Purple Ribbon Award, presented by Gigi McMillan, for the work they each do on the behalf of domestic violence awareness in the community. Purple Runway also recognized Mrs. Beverly Johnson, the sensational gospel artist, for being a huge supporter and premiere donor for Purple Runway’s programs. It was a true first class display of honor and appreciation.

To add even more sparkle to the VIP Cocktail Party, DJ Traxx all the way from Brooklyn, New York was the musical mastermind for the evening , Sugar Rim Bar returned as our bartender to the stars and Zappetizers catered exquisite hors d’oeuvres that the guest raved about!

BECOMING AND EMERGING

The Purple Runway experience was nothing short of wow! Nearly 90 minutes of pure excellence, beauty, elements of surprise and of course fabulous style! Purple Runway is the highly anticipated annual runway event known for a fabulous showcase of fur, elegance and highlighting domestic violence awareness. This year’s Purple Runway was hosted by Dawn Espinoza, who did a great job introducing designers, artist and engaging the crowd. Purple Runway pre show opened with a seamless series of expressions of art from exceptionally talented local artist.

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Opening the pre-show was an extraordinary artist by the name of Dee Hall (@DeeDoesLife) brazenly presenting her spoken word poem, “I Feel Myself Becoming Loved”.  It was clear the guest were instantly mesmerized by every word Dee spoke. Next to grace the runway was none other than, the emerging designer, Aramide Inc. (@aramidescloset) with her beautiful collection. The collection included handbags added a special touch to the eye catching garments going down the runway!

WELCOME TO PURPLE RUNWAY

Suddenly, the precious songbird, Keri Nicole (@_keri.nicole_) opened the show singing the powerful song titled Rise (by Katy Perry) joined by lovely Sherita Ivory (@sherita_ivory) interpreting the song through the art of her dance. It was certainly something special to observe and the guest were captivated.

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And just like that! The Purple Runway visionary, Gigi McMillan walked out hand in hand with the beautiful little Miss Cydnee to say “Welcome to The Purple Runway!”

THE PURPLE RUNWAY EXPERIENCE

Immediately the guest began to experience of Purple Runway with the natural talent VICU (@vicuoffical) coming down the runway! Mic in one hand and the minus touch in the other. In three words, Vicu was gentle, flawless and alluring. And he hit the runway like wow! Even, Andromdea Peters (Miss United States) couldn’t but blush a little as she walked the runway Vicu hit that sweet note!  His song L3 was the perfect welcome to Purple Runway!

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INSIDE – OUT

The show began by setting the tone of acceptance – mind, body, soul, and the ladies helped us acheive this vision by embracing their temples and highlighting the beauty of all body types, shapes and sizes.

Many of these amazing women walked proudly while sheading self doubt and saying no more to negative disorders that may have overtaken them at some point and turned around any disfuntional thoughts and beliefs due to past traumas.

Some of the ladies walked in support of friends or family members who have overcome intimate partner violence and supported positive body-armoring-and-honoring mindsets.

As a personal stylist, and a survivor of domestic violence herself, Gigi knows and believe in the power of presence, how important it is for us to communicate who we are to the world, in the most authentic way without apology.

As the founder, and thriving-conqueror of Purple Runway, Gigi constantly shares how gain ing peace of mind and a more positive outlook on body imaging, turns what we think, are flaws, into flawless unique beauty marks mentally, physically and emotionally.

Together these ladies so eloquently “Armored Up” by stripping down and displayed vulnerability and strength as a declaration of self-love, appreciation, and empowerment.

D’MILKAH

As Vicu electrified the guest and the models, there were gorgeous models gracing the runway, one by one, draped in delicate lingerie designed by Emily Gonzaga. Her collection, D’Milkah, was beautiful, sexy and designed for every woman to feel and be her natural and beautiful self!

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THE TONE WAS SET

With the tone set the style experience kicked into high gear! Designer after designer and model after model lit the runway on fire! Rosendorf Evans, Lawerence Clothier, BCBG Max Amazria and Nicteel by Owna Lima rocked the runway without missing a beat!

It was obvious that the crowd was ecstatic and engaged!  Music up, camera phones in the air, eyes on the runway, heads turning back and forth, cheers and chatter throughout, and the room overflowed with excitement. An incredible energy filled the room and it was astounding!

BCBG MAXAZRIA

BCBG MAXAMAZRIA dressed every model of every body type, immediately winning over the crowd from beginning to end.BCBG MAXAMAZRIA’S collections did not only win over the guest but also highlighted its range in style and size! Cheers to Cameron Jimenez who was the amazing Stylist (BCBG MAXAMAZRIA located in Springfeld Town Center) responsible for bringing forth style in this collection for “every woman”!

Yasssssss! Here he comes! The guest had on idea what to expect when this charming gentlemen hit the runway, like, BAM!

WELL DRESSED MEN  …… 

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                               ……. AND WOMEN

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Lawrence Clothier’s collection of impeccable tailored suits and formal wear were classic, diverse and unexpected, receiving an immediate high energy filled applause! Mani Chishti Faridi Sabri (Springfeld Town Center) displayed a dapper collection that created quite the applause and cheers among the guest! Each suit was crisp, welled tailored and very stylish. So stylish a few women even modeled a Lawerence Clothier suit! And the guest love each garmet.

LAWRENCE CLOTHIER

SHE READY!

Nicteel by Owanan Lima, showcased stunning gowns and striking Guatemalan handbags that were truly a beautiful work of art with extraordinary architecture. As the old saying goes, “when you look good you feel good” and it was easy to see just how good each model walking the runway wearing Nicteel by Owanan Lima felt! Classic, beautiful and trend setting!

NICTEEL BY OWANA LIMA

FIERCE FUR FINALE

Rosendorf Evans, the area’s largest exclusive furrier, showed dozens of gorgeous and stunning fur capes, shawls, wraps, strollers, hats, headbands, vest, jackets and coats for both men and women! A huge variety of colors, both vibrant and soft, a large variety of lengths, mixes and styles had the crowd oohing and aahing from beginning to end! Rosendorf Evans was unquestionably a show stopper and indubitably a dream finale! As you may be able to imagine the evening was absolutely breath taking! Cheers to the charming Mario Jameson who displayed this fierce fur whimiscal for the purple runway! Mario is the General Manager for Rosendorf Evans located in Tysons Corner Center and he has been working in the fur industry for over 20 years and has accumulated an unparalleled knowledge base. Take a look at this Fierce Fur Final and you’ll see why.

ROSENDORF EVANS

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PURPLE RUNWAY 2018 QUEEN & KING 

Let’s hear if for the Queen, Bianca!  As if you had to wonder, yes, Rico is the this year’s Purple Runway King! Purple Runway draws a clear line in the sand between fashion and style!

Just another element of surprise happened when the guest immeditae reaction deemed Bianca as the Queen of the runway! At her first step onto runway, the guest cheered with much enthusaism and it continued throughout the evening. As of course no one like Rico was suave enough also by guest default was elected as King! Make no mistake every model that hit the runway rocked it out without question! In fact , once again the crowd’s reaction deemed Nathan and Keyo the obvious fan favorite!

THE WOMAN BEHIND PURPLE RUNWAY

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GIGI MCMILLAN

Gigi McMillan is the woman behind the vision of Purple Runway. And what a woman! She is bold, passionate, smart and all things fabulous! Gigi is inside out fabulous.

Gigi entered the room wearing a beautiful black a-line dressed with gorgeous embordered flowers trimmed in pink and purple. While she looked fabulous, one of the most beautiful things about the dress was the reason it was selected for Purple Runway. Gigi intentional selected the Kate Spade dress as her way to pay homage to mental health awareness, and the touches of pink and purple also honored brest cancer awareness and domestic violence. All three causes are very near and dear to her heart. Yep! Gigi is certainly fabulous, from the inside out!

BEHIND THE LENS AND BEHIND THE SCENES

The creative professionals made the visual magic happen behind the lens and behind the scenes.

Roche Salon sponsored all the hair and make up for the entire Purple Runway and certainty stayed true to who they are by creating art! Beyond being the glam squad for Purple Runway 2018, Roche Salon also raised donations and raised awareness on behalf Purple Runways mission.

Exhibitors – Kamisol Style Consultancy, Inc., Brighter Day Therapeutic Solutions, Edgy Zen Spa and Retreat Center, Serenity Family Counseling Services, Work Out Around My Day, India Hicks, Toni Settles, Socially Funded, Golden Kiss Glow and Women Giving Back.

Shout out to Genesis Modeling Agency and Elite Modeling Agency for sponsoring such professional and beautiful models.

THE VOLUNTEERS MADE IT FLOW!  Purple Runway sends a huge thank you to the volunteers to worked it out with heart and style! Cheers to  Ivy Turkson, Pinky Cibane, Miyah McClease, Kentricia McClease, Beverly Alexander, Zoe Alexande, Jackie Sanders, Lauren Long and Paulo Domingos Manquele.

Applause and Cheers to Title Sponsor, Home Of Your Dreamz and Location Sponsor Mercedes Benz Of Arlington. When progressive entitles support the cause impact truly begins to happen!

Eddie Patten, Sr. (Higher Level Photography) is the man behind the lens who rocked the media pit with not only his artisty but with expert eye seen through this article.

Last but not least, the Purple Runway Team!

Deja Perez, Aundrea Veney-Curvey, Simeaka Melton, Marvette Cofield, Greg Puhl, Cordelia Gaffar, Tortica Anderson, Tanya Graham, Candice Fathi, Mali Phonpadith, Erin Clott, Alan Hudson, Carlton Hart, Hans Speigel, Devin Ricks, Elaine Gibson and Andromdea Peters.

Contributing Sponsors – Acacia Social Solutions, ADVAS Oasis Inc., A Family Affair Event Management, Elite Modeling Agency, Genesis Modeling Agency, Kamisol Style Consultancy, Kirkland Consulting LLCHome Of Your DreamzgSugar Rim Bar and Zappetizers Catering Service.

Devin Ricks of Dev TV and Production, “sees everything”, hosting the red carpet interviews as well as capturing the beauty of the runway. Our guest blogger, Halima Magoma Redd also hosted rep carpet interviews and captured video and quick pics!

The décor was stunning with purposeful  touches of purple everywhere. A Family Affair Event Management, owned by Tortica Anderson who did a stellar job with the event design.

All together, the behind the scene team worked hard and it showed well.

CHARTIBLE ORGANIZATIONS

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The Purple Runway Team selected iSynchrony, LLC. located in Oakton Virginia, to raise awareness for throughout the end of the year. The initiative that Purple Runway has chosen to focus on is mental health which makes pairing iSynchrony, llc a good match. To provide the community with additional mental health services Purple Runway has also partnered established mental health providers, such as Brighter Day Therapeutic Solutions and Serenity Family Counseling Services, both located in Woodbridge Virginia. During the VIP Cocktail party representatives from each organization got an opportunity to speak to the guest about the work they do and why awareness and support is vital. To get involved or to receive resources please connect with the organizations directly.

 

 

To keep up with opportunities to get involved and stay connected to the great things happening at Purple Runway connect to www.PurpleRunway.com #PurpleRunway

See you all next year!

 

 

article written by Simeaka Melton, Editor In Chief

A FEW WORDS FROM THE GUEST

“This show was huge. I mean I was blown away. I thought it was going to be good but I never imagined this. This is amazing!” Cameron, BCBG Max Amazria

“Purple Runway did fashion week in one night! Bam! The diversity was amazing! The fashion was top notch! I mean Wow! Wow! Wow!” Candice Fiathi

“This was the best show I have ever ever been to!” April

“I loved everything! I love BCBG, the suits! I was a spectaular show!” Christian

“This was for real exciting. I loved it.” Dalen

“I love that there were models of every color and size and everything!” Stephaine

“I was like wow! They have models that look like me! Me!” Bobbi

“This event was for such a great cause and shed awareness on domestic violence in a new way.” Women Giving Back

2017 New York Fashion Week with LAYANA AGUILAR

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2017 New York Fashion Week 

There are so many fashion shows happening throughout the city of New York it’s always like bells ringing when you find those diamonds in the crowd! Layana Aguilar was just that! When Layana Aguilar’s collection hit the runway the crowd immediately took notice. The front row guest without cue suddenly sat up straight with cellphone in hands. You may remember Layana Aguilar from being a star contestant on Bravo’s Project Runway with stunning designs. Regardless of if you do or if you do not you will be amazed by her collection showed at FGNYFW.

Ladies and Gentleman without further delay please enjoy Layana Aguilar’s Collection, as much as For The Love Of Style Magazine!

With New York City being one of the world’s fashion capitol it comes to no great surprise that Layana Aguliar designs were top notch. The collection was indeed a hit to say the least.  Bravo to Layana Aguilar!

 

written by Simeaka Melton, FTLOS Editor In Chief

2017 New York Fashion Week with Jimmy Burner

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2017 New York Fashion Week 

New York City is undeniably one of the world’s fashion capitol which make viewing Jimmy Burner’s collection during New Fashion Week the perfect place. There are so many fashion shows happening all throughout the city of New York it’s difficult to choose which fashion show to attend and when you come across a designer like Jimmy Burner it’s a major score!

Jimmy Burner is extremely creative, edgy a very well constructed and get this; Jimmy Burner is only 18 years old! Yes, 18!  Jimmy Burner is an emerging designer endless possibilities. The Runway has plenty of storage pouches, gear belts, pockets and clips to attach other accessories! Jimmy Burner is an amazing artist and will undoubtedly take the industry by storm.

Ladies and Gentleman without further delay please enjoy Jimmy Burner’s Collection, as much as For The Love Of Style Magazine!

The guest had their phones in the air the entire time, attempting to capture everything coming down the Runway. When the models took the final walk the guest cheers and rose to their feet. When young Jimmy Burner came down the Runway, wow! The guest appeared shock, and very excited, as the cheers, applause, whistles could be heard for miles!

Bravo Jimmy Burner! We will stay connected because you sir and gifted with endless possibilities. Take your bow, you deserve it!

 

written by Simeaka Melton, FTLOS Editor In Chief

The Purple Runway 2016: PURPLE HANDBAG

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On Sunday, October 02, 2016 at Mercedes-Benz Of Arlington. The Purple Runway held the fashion event of the year in District of Columbia Metropolitan Area! From the very beginning the buzz surrounding The Purple Runway was highly anticipated and once the guest began to arrive the excitement was electric! If you missed it you missed an experience that can only be achieved by the chic duo Gigi McMillan and Jeannie Keras.

When Kamisol Style Consultancy, Inc. fused fashion with Domestic Violence Awareness, ta-da, The Purple Runway was born! Through fashion, Kamisol Style Consultancy, Inc. delicately began much needed conversations by bringing domestic violence awareness to the forefront. Sponsored by Mercedes Benz of Arlington and The Fur Salon at Saks Fifth Avenue, The Purple Runway indeed raised the fashion bar once again.

The PURPOSE Behind The Purple Handbag

What’s all the buzz about “the purple handbag”? Actually, the purple handbag has much more purpose than the buzz.

98% of all domestic violence cases include financial abuse and financial abuse is the number one reason women remain or return to an abusive relationship.

More than ever women need financial empowerment and freedom in order to live the life they deserve. Free of abuse. A woman’s purse is not only her financial domain but in many of cases it represents who she is.

Jeannie Keras, the Director Of Service for The Fur Salon at Saks Fifth Avenue,  is responsible for designing The 2016 Purple Runway Handbag, as a symbol to educate the public about domestic violence, financial abuse and financial freedom.

The 2016 Purple Runway Handbag is not only a one of a kind custom design, it was beautifully crafted in purple dyed chinchilla, trimmed in black alligator and values over $9,000. As one of the Purple Runway Silent Auction items the purse was filled with designer fragrances and gifts, bringing the grand total value to $10, 200. 

Take a look at what JEANNIE KERAS has to say.

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The Purple Runway Team chose The National Network To End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), Change In Action, LLC. and Allstate Foundation Purple Purse to raise awareness, money and collect in-kind donations for in the entire month of October. During the VIP Cocktail party representatives from each organization got an opportunity to speak to the work they do and why awareness and support is vital. To get involved or to receive resources please connect with the organizations directly.

#ThePurpleRunway2016 was remarkable!

The Fur Salon at Saks Fifth Avenue showcased over sixty stunning furs in all. So many fur wraps, capes, shawls and coats! The beauty of furs were everywhere!

Applause, cheers and standing ovation goes to The Fur Salon at Saks Fifth Avenue for showcasing not only astounding and luxurious style but for providing an experience of a fashion lifetime!

To top off the evening The Purple Runway experience ending with three ravishing Saks Fifth Avenue evening gowns. One word. Gorgeous! What a finale!  As you may be able to imagine a standing ovation from the guest, with whistle and cheers were instinctive and infectious!

Check Out THE PURPLE RUNWAY 2016: STANDING OVATION

written by Simeaka Melton, FTLOS Editor In Chief

#ThePurpleRunway2016

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Guest Photo Gallery

THE PURPLE RUNWAY 2016 VIP Cocktail Party VIDEOS

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The Purple Runway 2016: VIP Cocktail Party

Sunday, October 02, 2016 Kamisol Style Consultancy, Inc. produced The Purple Runway, the fashion event of the year in District of Columbia Metropolitan Area! If you missed it you missed an experience of a fashion lifetime! Not only was The Purple Runway held at Mercedes-Benz Of Arlington, their beautiful showroom added an extra touch of charm to the evening of elegance and advocacy.

An hour before the The Purple Runway began, The VIP Cocktail Party set a posh and relaxed tone making it comfortable to delicately begin the much needed conversation about Domestic Violence.

The Purple Runway 2016: VIP Cocktail Party

Sunday, October 02, 2016 at Mercedes-Benz Of Arlington The Purple Runway held the fashion event of the year in District of Columbia Metropolitan Area! If you missed it you missed an experience of a fashion lifetime!

The VIP Cocktail Party set a posh and relaxed tone making it comfortable to delicately begin the much needed conversation about Domestic Violence.

Look Who’s Talking

Rick Watson of Serum Events and Entertainment hosted the VIP Cocktail Party giving the community champions and sponsors an opportunity to speak the crowd about their work and the reasons they support the efforts of The Purple Runway.

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Zappetizers Catering, Edelheiss Wine, Spin Wax and Sugar Rim

#ThePurpleRunway2016 was remarkable! Jeannie Keras, who is the Director Of Service for The Fur Salon at Saks Fifth Avenue,  responsible designing The 2016 Purple Runway Purse, as a symbol to educate the public about domestic violence, financial abuse and financial freedom. The reveal was breathtaking!

The Fur Salon at Saks Fifth Avenue showcased over sixty stunning furs in all. So many fur wraps, capes, shawls and coats! The beauty of furs were everywhere! To top off the evening the Purple Runway experience ending with three ravishing Saks Fifth Avenue evening gowns. One word. Gorgeous! What a finale!  As you may be able to imagine a standing ovation from the guest, with whistle and cheers was instinctive and infectious! READ: THE PURPLE RUNWAY 2016: STANDING OVATION

written by Simeaka Melton, FTLOS Editor In Chief

THE PURPLE RUNWAY 2016: Beauty Design Team

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THE BEAUTY DESIGN TEAM!

The Purple Runway 2016

Sunday, October 02, 2016 at Mercedes-Benz Of Arlington The Purple Runway held the fashion event of the year in District of Columbia Metropolitan Area! If you missed it you missed an experience of a fashion lifetime!

When Kamisol Style Consultancy, Inc. fused fashion with Domestic Violence Awareness, ta-da, The Purple Runway was born. As you can imagine there is alot of labor that happens behind the scene and that’s where the beauty happens.

#ThePurpleRunway2016 Beauty Design Team gets a standing ovation for the teamwork, artistry, beauty and skill each professional shared to assure the models, champions and Purple Runway staff looked and felt absolutely beautiful. All For The Love Of Style.

Behind the scenes is always one of my favorite places in the industry. Particularly when working with Kamisol Style Consultancy, there is a standard of teamwork that always shows up naturally. When there are so many professional models, make up artist and hair stylists in one space and for several hours the assumption would be the behind the scene is tense, stressful, a bit bonkers, with a little drama but nothing could not be more far-fetched.  Actually, let’s hear what behind the scenes was really like.

Let’s Take Peek Behind The Scenes!

THE BEAUTY DESIGN TEAM

The Beauty Design Team was led by the skilled and talented Eston “Stylez” Howard. Eston, a Master Hair Stylist, Educator and Creator of Wicked-Beauty.net, served as the Design Team Coordinator once again for The Purple Runway. As Eston ensured behind the scenes ran like a well oiled machine morale ran very high and the energy was contagious.

ESTON STYLEZ HOWARD       @EstonStylez

“This is a piece of cake. I love this and I love what I do. It’s alway a good time when I’m working.”  Eston “Stylez” Howard 

SHANE TURNER       @ShaneQuintel

“This day has been cool, I absolutely love what I do.” Shane Turner @ShaneQuintel 

SHAINA WALKER      @SheerShay

“It’s been fun. Even though it’s been a long day it doesn’t feel like it because we are having so much fun working.”  Shaina Walker

AMBAR TALL       @LuckyBeautyByAmbar

“I’m just excited to be here!” Ambar Tall  

GREYSS ZENTENO      @GreyssMakeUpBeauty

“This is really beautiful. The energy, all the people, the cause, all the special touches, it’s all just so beautiful. ”  Greyss Zenteno

KAREN HOPSON      @kkBonita_mua

“I’m having a good time. This is a really nice event, I just love the energy here. I can’t wait until the models walk. I’m excited. This has been so nice.”  Karen Bonita Hopson 

“I’ve had fun. I excited to be here.” Antonia Wilkerson

ERIKA EVANS      @EJEintlHair

“I’m having fun. It’s definitely different. Y’all fed the models and everything, everyone is happy and talking and having a good time. It’s good energy.”  Erika Evans

“This experience has been amazing. I’m defintely going to stay connected. ” Faren Aimee

“Today’s been great, it’s been fun. I think we’re all excited to get on the runway. ”        Martin Harcar

“We’re chill right now but when we hit the runway it’s over!”  Jake Elmendorf

“We’re having fun and I’m relaxed. Just concentrating on the runway.”  Shawniee Jacobs

#ThePurpleRunway2016

was like a woman’s dream closet. The Fur Salon at Saks Fifth Avenue captivated the guest with at 36 minutes non stop showcase experience. Model after model continued to come down the runway wearing gorgeous and alluring furs!

As the guest heads turned back and forth, camera phones stayed up in the air, cheers and smiles and chatter rang throughout the room the runway was full of excitement.

The Fur Salon at Saks Fifth Avenue showcased a remarkable 60 stunning furs in all. The Purple Runway Finale ends with three ravishing Saks Fifth Avenue evening gowns.

Through fashion, Kamisol Style Consultancy, Inc. delicately began much needed conversations by bringing domestic violence awareness to the forefront. Sponsored by Mercedes Benz of Arlington and The Fur Salon at Saks Fifth Avenue, The Purple Runway indeed raised the fashion bar once again.

Kamisol Style Consultancy, Inc. is collecting in kind donations and monetary donations for NNEDV and Change In Action for the entire month of October. For additional information please email support@PurpleRunway.com

THE PURPLE RUNWAY 2016: Standing Ovation

written by Simeaka Melton, FTLOS Editor In Chief

#PurpleRunway2016 Video

Jay Hubbard of Middleburg Online Video Production

THE PURPLE RUNWAY 2016: Standing Ovation

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THE PURPLE RUNWAY 2016

Guess what happened on Sunday, October 02, 2016 at Mercedes-Benz Of Arlington. The Purple Runway held the fashion event of the year in District of Columbia Metropolitan Area! From the very beginning the buzz surrounding The Purple Runway was highly anticipated and once the guest began to arrive the excitement was electric! If you missed it you missed an experience that can only be achieved by the chic duo Gigi McMillan and Jeannie Keras.

When Kamisol Style Consultancy, Inc. fused fashion with Domestic Violence Awareness, ta-da, The Purple Runway was born! Through fashion, Kamisol Style Consultancy, Inc. delicately began much needed conversations by bringing domestic violence awareness to the forefront. Sponsored by Mercedes Benz of Arlington and The Fur Salon at Saks Fifth Avenue, The Purple Runway indeed raised the fashion bar once again.

CHARTIBLE ORGANIZATIONS

The Purple Runway Team chose The National Network To End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), Change In Action, LLC. and Allstate Foundation Purple Purse to raise awareness, money and collect in-kind donations for in the entire month of October. During the VIP Cocktail party representatives from each organization got an opportunity to speak to the work they do and why awareness and support is vital. To get involved or to receive resources please connect with the organizations directly.

THE PURPLE RUNWAY PURSE

98% of all domestic violence cases include financial abuse and financial abuse is the number one reason women remain or return to an abusive relationship. More women need financial empowerment and freedom in order to live the life they deserve. Free of abuse. A woman’s purse is not only her financial domain but in many of cases it represents who she is. Jeannie Keras, who is the Director Of Service for The Fur Salon at Saks Fifth Avenue,  responsible designing The 2016 Purple Runway Purse, as a symbol to educate the public about domestic violence, financial abuse and financial freedom.

The 2016 Purple Runway Purse is not only a one of a kind custom design, it was beautifully crafted in purple dyed chinchilla, trimmed in black alligator and values over $9,000. As one of the Purple Runway Silent Auction items the purse was filled with designer fragrances and gifts, bringing the grand total value to $10, 200. 

COMMUNITY CHAMPIONS

The Purple Runway opened with celebrating the Community Champions, Mali Phonpadith, Joan Jackson and Elaine Gibson walking the runway. Each of the women raised funds within their individual networks to support domestic violence awareness and The Purple Runway charitable organizations. The women were all smiles and looked radiant as they walked the runway in their Purple Runway sashes.

 

SPOKEN WORD: DOMESTIC 

Next, spoken word artist, Ashley “Epiphany” Hodges hit the stage! Epiphany brazenly recited her poem, entitled Domestic,  which she wrote specifically for the Purple Runway.

The guest were instantly dazzled by every word Epiphany spoke. As she left the stage it was very clear to hear the crowd responses over the applause, “beautiful, wow, amazing, yes and oh my God” were all words that immediately and rapidly following Epiphany’s exit.

Afterward, when asked about her poem, Domestic, this is what Epiphany had to say …..,

“There is power in your voice and I hope my poem encourages you to be powerful by using your voice to speak up so that another life can be saved!” Ashley “Epiphany” Hodges

MINDY LAM COUTURE

Mindy Lam Couture graced the runway featuring beautiful custom couture and fine jewelry with gorgeous models dressed in vintage clothing. Each piece was designed with metals, lace patterns, semi-precious stones, sculpted sterling silver and Swarovski crystals. Mindy Lam Jewerly showcased an exquisite line exuding femininity, grace and edge.

THE PURPLE RUNWAY 2016

Only Jeannie Keras has the audacity, creativity and ability to turn the Purple Runway into a woman’s dream closet and beyond. The Fur Salon at Saks Fifth Avenue captivated the guest with a 36 minute nonstop showcase experience.

Model after model, after model, continued to come down the runway all wearing gorgeous and alluring furs! Roberto Cavalli, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Valentino, Pamela Roland, Fendi,The Fur Salon ‘s Private Label. So many designer furs the list can go on and on.

As the guest heads turned back and forth, eyes danced all over the runway, camera phones stayed up in the air, cheers, smiles and chatter rang throughout the room the runway was full of excitement, to say the least.

It was remarkable! The Fur Salon at Saks Fifth Avenue showcased over sixty stunning furs in all. So many fur wraps, capes, shawls and coats! The beauty of furs were everywhere! To top off the evening the Purple Runway experience ending with three ravishing Saks Fifth Avenue evening gowns. One word. Gorgeous! What a finale!  As you may be able to imagine a standing ovation from the guest, with whistle and cheers was instinctive and infectious!

GIGI MCMILLAN

Connecting the public to Domestic Violence Awareness not only took professional and personal bravery but also “style” and Gigi McMillan has demonstrated just that through the Purple Runway 2016. Gigi McMillan take a bow because you also deserve a standing ovation.

MERCEDES-BENZ OF ARLINGTON

No one does it like Mercedes-Benz of Arlington. The entire Mercedes-Benz of Arlington Team gave first class, or should we say e-class service to The Purple Runway Team throughout the planning, preparing and execution of the event. “The Best Or Nothing.” is not only their tag line but also something the Mercedes-Benz of Arlington Team proved to be very passionate and committed to providing.
Standing Ovation for Mercedes-Benz of Arlington Team

BEHIND THE LENS

Throughout this article you will find the artistry of Tag The Shooter Photography, Marcus Bennett, Chris Weber, Hans Spiegel, Jay Hubbard and Radek Art Photography. Each photographer exhibits their individual skills to captured the beauty of the runway, creating visual harmony.

A WORD FROM THE GUEST

The Purple Runway 2016 fashion show experience the one word that comes to mind is fabulous! I really appreciate an event centered around such a powerful mission to raise awareness to end domestic violence. The class and sophistication that Kamisol Style brought to the DMV that evening was unsurpassed. I cannot wait to see what’s in store next year.

Jamellia Arrington

I was so blessed to be able to attend the 2016 Purple Runway event sponsored by Kamisol Style Consultancy, on Sunday, October 2nd the models were flawless and truly slayed the runway! The stories that were shared from the domestic violence victors, not victims, were inspiring and all who were involved including CEO Gigi McMillan were totally beautiful and so empowering! Looking forward to next year.

Pamela Ware

This was really beautiful! This was special. Gigi did really well and I surely enjoyed myself. The cause, the furs, the place and show. I can’t wait to come back next year.

Dr. Marvette Thomas

#ThePurpleRunway2016

Not only did the guest give a standing ovation at the end of Purple Runway but a standing ovation goes to the behind the scenes teams. It’s obvious that the Purple Runway has a lot of moving parts.

The Beauty Design Team

Eston Stylez, Design Team Coordinator and Master Hair Stylist, Shane Turner Make Up Artist, Shania Walker Hair Stylist, Ambar Tall Hair Stylist, Greyss Zenteno Make Up Artist, Karen Hopson Make Up Artist, Antonia Wilkerson Beauty Assistant and  Erika Evans Hair Stylist.

Who worked behind the scenes?

Zappetizers Catering, Serum Entertainment and Events, Sugar Rim, Edelheiss Wine, Spin Wax, Tag The Shooter, Carlton Hart, Rituska, Inc., Jamel Brown, Khylah Settle, Greg Puhl, Simeaka Melton, Gigi McMillan, The Fur Salon at Saks Fifth Avenue and The Entire Mercedes-Benz Of Arlington Team.

A well deserved standing ovation to #ThePurpleRunway2016

READ HERE TO MEET THE BEAUTY DESIGN TEAM

SAVE THE DATE: The Purple Runway October 08, 2017

written by Simeaka Melton, FTLOS Editor In Chief

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